AMHERST, Mass.—Senior Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) scored a game-high 19 points and classmate Madeline Eck (Rye, N.Y.) added 18 points as No. 1/1 Amherst College defeated visiting Babson College, 61-38, in the final game of the Amherst Tournament on Monday evening inside LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the loss, Babson drops to 2-2 on the year, while Amherst improves to 3-0.
First-year Megan Bauman (East Lyme, Conn.) finished with 13 points, five rebounds and three assists to lead the Beavers. Junior Katie Jones (Ridgewood, N.J.) scored six points and senior Emily Bonifacic (Allendale, N.J.) and junior Christina Bonfiglio (Westwood, Mass.) chipped in with five points apiece. Senior Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.
Sophomore Gabrielle Zaffiro (Glen Head, N.Y.) scored 10 points, grabbed five boards and led all players with four steals for the Mammoths. Fox tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds and classmate Courtney Resch (San Francisco, Calif.) recorded six of her seven blocked shots in the opening half.
A layup by Jones and a free throw by first-year Samantha Smith (Greenfield, Mass.) got Babson within 13-8 in the closing seconds of the first quarter before Amherst rattled off a 12-3 run to build a 25-11 lead on a three-point play by Fox with 3:31 to go in the second. Senior Katherine Tamulionis (Foxboro, Mass.) and Bauman scored on back-to-back trips to get within 10 before Eck knocked down two free throws to give the Mammoths a 31-19 edge at the half.
Eck and Zaffiro combined for 10 points as Amherst opened the third quarter with a 12-0 run that extended its margin to 43-19 with 3:51 to go in the stanza. The Mammoths took their biggest lead of the game at 47-21 on another hoop by Eck with 2:04 to go in the third before the Beavers responded with a 13-4 spurt.
Bonfiglio scored five straight points and Jozefick sandwiched a pair of buckets around a hoop by Bauman to pull within 51-34 with 4:20 remaining in the fourth quarter. Fox canned a three-pointer two possesions later and Dani Valdez cleaned up a miss by Eck to put the hosts back up 22 with less than two minutes to go.
The Beavers shot a season-low 27.5 percent from the field, but finished with a 45-39 edge on the glass. The Mammoths shot 34.3 percent from the floor, blocked a season-high 12 shots and outscored the Green and White 24-16 in the paint.
Both teams return to action next Tuesday as Babson travels to Brandeis at 6 p.m., while Amherst hosts Emmanuel at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 7-23 all-time against Amherst.
• Tamulionis was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 7.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in games against Ithaca and Amherst.
• Babson grabbed 13 offensive rebounds for the second consecutive game and the third time in four contests this season.